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NMEA announces education and training lineup

By The National Marine Electronics Association

The National Marine Electronics Association has published the full education and training schedule for the 2017 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, which runs Sept. 26-28 at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue, Washington. Each day the education and training sessions will end before the exposition hall opens, allowing all attendees, including exhibitors, to attend both the classroom sessions and marine electronics expo. The education classes are offered on separate technical and business tracks, each repeated twice during the three-day event. Pre-registration is not required.

Technical Track

  • Wireless Networking – Networking and communication options for recreational and commercial vessels to stay connected 24/7 via WiFi, cellular data and satellite.
  • Keys to a Solid Autopilot Installation – Drive, rudder feedback and junction box selection along with heading integration and other key components, plus troubleshooting failures.
  • NMEA OneNet Ethernet Standard – Key elements of the new network interface standard, including Physical Layer, Device Discovery Process, Security Module and Gateways.
  • Remote Vessel Monitoring & Security – Boaters today expect the same remote monitoring as they have at home. Learn how to retrofit or manufacture a vessel to accommodate these demands.
  • Digital Switching – Overview of current offerings for digital switching of virtually anything on the boat that uses AC or DC voltage. Discussion of components needed to complete these complex installations utilizing the NMEA 2000® backbone.
  • Modernizing AIS – New ways Automatic Identification System is used to enhance safety, navigation and protect the environment. With newly allocated frequencies, AIS and other VHF data exchange technologies will expand in the future with new marine applications.
  • Marine Satellite TV Solutions – How to deploy cutting-edge technologies to deliver a world-class satellite TV experience to your customer. Which service provider is best and where? How to stay in line with proper account classifications? Which hardware to use?

Business Track

  • Business SenseLive – Marine electronics installer and author of the "Business Sense" column in Marine Electronics Journal will moderate an open forum for business owners to discuss challenges and share solutions.
  • Engage and Profit from Marine Apps – There is an app for almost any part of the boat that can be connected. Learn how apps can help you diagnose problems remotely for your customers.
  • Marketing Your Business with Social Media – Target, engage, nurture and convert marine consumers using social media marketing best practices. Overview current trends and tactics to help you sharpen your social media marketing strategy.

Also on the agenda at the annual conference & expo is product training, provided by manufacturers. The companies listed below will conduct one-hour and 15-minute training sessions focused on specific products. Pre-registration is not required for these sessions.

  • Actisense
  • Furuno
  • Garmin
  • IRIS
  • Lowrance
  • Airmar
  • Digital Yacht
  • Simrad
  • FLIR
  • Raymarine
  • GOST
  • Intellian
  • KVH
  • B&G
  • Lumishore
  • Maretron
  • Rose Point
  • Lars Thrane
  • SI-TEX
  • Aydin Displays
  • Siren Marine
  • Nobeltec

Full-day training courses will be available at the event for marine electronics installers, including NMEA basic/advanced Marine Electronics Installer and basic/advanced NMEA 2000 Network Installer. Once again this year, NMEA and the American Boat & Yacht Council will offer a four-day NMEA/ABYC combined electrical and electronics training course. Additional fees apply for these sessions.

To see the complete schedule or to register, visit www.expo.nmea.org or call 410-975-9425.

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